Americans have learned to tolerate plenty of things, but something they will never tolerate is disrespecting our veterans, and desecration of the American flag.
When it was discovered that hundreds of American flags had been discarded so carelessly at a cemetery, it’s easy to understand why so many people have become absolutely livid.
“It just broke my heart because everyone in this cemetery fought under that banner and every fiber of that flag is their blood, sweat, and tears.”
Stan Sniezyk’s father was a veteran, and he visits his grave every week at the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Rhode Island. You can imagine the sickening feeling in his stomach when he saw how these flags were just tossed aside.
He took several photos, and posted them to social media, where they immediately were shared across the country.
Kasim Yarn, Rhode Island’s new Director of Veteran Affairs, immediately stepped up to correct this issue. He shared his own shock,
“I was speechless when I saw it. Flags were not stowed properly and prepared for proper disposal. Flags were in bags, on the ground. The place was a mess, totally. Procedures weren’t being followed.”
He even made a commitment to making sure things like this never happen again in his state,
“At very minimum, I will go there weekly and walk around. I will open up all those doors, every facility, to ensure things are being placed in a proper manner.”
America actually has a Federal Flag Code, an etiquette to properly disposing an American flag:
1. The flag should be folded in its customary manner.
2. Build a fire.
It is important that the fire be fairly large and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the flag.
3. Place the flag on the fire.
4. The individual(s) can come to attention, salute the flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection.
5. After the flag is completely consumed, the fire should then be safely extinguished
6. Bury the ashes
Our veterans bled and died for the freedoms we enjoy daily in this country, and they deserve to be shown honor and respect. Please share this article if you agree.